N00b question on Polarizing Filter

jim_bob64

Standard Member
Hi,

I was looking at getting a Polarizing Filter for my D60 but im unsure which size i need and which is best for me, assuming they are worth getting?

How much is a good one usually or are they all the same?

Any advice for my specific camera will be handy.

Thanks.
 

Jammyb

Novice Member
Normally you need to buy the CPL filter to fit the lens you're going to fit it to*. i.e. around 58mm on a kit lens (it says on the lens) and generally larger on more expensive lenses.

*you can buy a larger size and use a step up ring to make it fit several lenses.

More expensive ones are better. but how much better is debateable.

Camera shops have a big markup on these so checkout amazon, hong kong sellers and ebay.

I have a Hoya Pro 1 which is a popular model
 

arthurdentpc

Active Member
Most Nikon lenses are of width 52mm - look at the inside of the front of the lens and there should be a number (likely 52) and a symbol like an o with a line through it. That's the size of filter you need to get. From there, you have 2 choices - a simple screw-in filter, or something like the Cokin P (or Lee) system, which is effectively a screw-in holder that you then buy square filters for. You would need a Cokin to use a graduated filter, for example.

If you go for a simple screw-in filter, it's cheaper (initially) and simpler. However, if you buy a new lens of a different size later, your 52mm filter will not fit it.

If you go for the Cokin system, you pay more initially, but you can add more filters later, and also, crucially, you can buy a step-up ring so you can use the same filters on lots of different sized lenses (i.e. those at 57mm, 70mm, etc).
 

shotokan101

Distinguished Member
Make sure you know what a Polarizing filter (or any other filter for that matter) does before getting one :)

JIm
 

shotokan101

Distinguished Member

f1charlie

Novice Member
Make sure you get a circular polarizing filter and not a linear. This doesn't refer to the shape of the filter but the way the filter works. Linear polarizers can interfere with the autofocus system
 

ncmoody

Novice Member
The planet normal, where do you hail from yourself ? Nikon standardised many years ago to 52mm thread for most lenses.
I have 13 Nikkor lenses

2 have 52mm filters.
2 have 62mm filters.
2 have 67mm filters.
4 have 72mm filters.
3 have 77mm filters.

I rest my case.
 

KyleS1

Distinguished Member
Without me having to refer to my mate google, does anyone have a good link for descriptions and uses for the different types of filters?
 

KyleS1

Distinguished Member
Sweet, thanks!
 

jim_bob64

Standard Member
Thanks for all the replies guys very very helpful indeed :)

Think I know which im gonna go for now but if I buy a 58mm Circular Polarizing Filter so it will also fit my Sigma macro lens which is 58mm size but my other 2 lenses are Nikkon 52mm, I'll need a step-down ring and not step-up yes or have I got that arse about face?

Thanks again all :smashin:
 

shotokan101

Distinguished Member

KyleS1

Distinguished Member
Man, there is so much to learn!
 

jim_bob64

Standard Member
Lol ok thanks. Think it was the discription on Amazon that threw me. Thats good then I'll go for the 58mm Hoya Pro 1 :smashin:
 

Some Bloke

Well-known Member
From my limited knowledge of photography.
I'd say that if you're buying a CP for Landscape shots, don't bother.

If you're shooting a scene that features a blue sky for example, with a mid to wide angle lens, you could end up with dark & light areas of sky.
I've found it much easier to darken the sky in PP, than to try and correct the effects of using a CP.
 

ncmoody

Novice Member
If you have more than one lens you might want to consider a Cokin/Kood type solution where you buy one holder and then the filters work within it all you need is one cheap adapter ring for each filter size.
you can also experiment with graduated filters quite cheaply as they can offer good results with landscapes and can be easier to use than Photoshop layers and masks particulalrly for the beginner.
 

Jammyb

Novice Member
I used a CPL a lot on holiday in the med and it worked really well.

Some of the things they do can't be replicated in PP, like taking the reflection from water.

But used it recently in the lakes and got the uneven effect you describe in the sky. Depends upon the angle of the light and such.

For the relatively low cost I think it's good to have one in your bag and it also doubles as a 2 stop ND filter.
 

ziplex

Novice Member
I used one a fair bit at the Zoo years ago for reptiles etc that were hidden behind reflections on glass where it worked really well, still got the filter but haven't tried it on a digital camera properly.....I guess it'll work as well?! if you use them for water, boats can look suspended above rather than 'in' the water.
 

arthurdentpc

Active Member
I have 13 Nikkor lenses

2 have 52mm filters.
2 have 62mm filters.
2 have 67mm filters.
4 have 72mm filters.
3 have 77mm filters.

I rest my case.
I have 3 Nikkor lenses

3 have 52mm filters.

I rest my case.

Look, the point is, for most short zoom lenses that Joe Bloggs buys, they are 52. Chances are the lens the OP has is 52. That was all. Get some more specialised lenses and yes of course they can be 62 or 77 or whatever. Did that knowledge help the OP ? No. So did I feel the need to go into a detailed discussion of the history and makeup of Nikkor lenses ? No.

Next time someone who calls themselves New asks something I feel I can help with, I'll make sure to keep my keyboard well and truly shut in case a self styled expert / pedant (delete as apporopriate) such as yourself decides to weigh in.
 
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